14th Annual Polar Plunge a Splashing Success


Chilly temperatures didn't stop many central Nebraskans from taking a dip in a cold lake Saturday, all to raise money for the Special Olympics in Nebraska.

It was the 14th annual Polar Plunge and 11 different teams signed up to test their endurance in the cold 42 degree water out at Kearney's Yanney Park.

"For a day like this, it's really not bad. It feels pretty good," said organizer Jeff Boston.

First time participant Justin Vogel said this was quite an experience.

"It was really cold but definitely worth it," said Vogel.

Participants consider the shivers worth it to raise money for the Special Olympics in Nebraska. And costumes were on full display adding to this unique fundraiser.

"We want people to get together and come out. We want them to come up with a team theme. It's just a lot of fun," said Boston.

Each team had to raise at least $50 to compete; some teams were able to raise $5,000.

"It's not as bad as people think it is," said Boston referring to the plunge.